Four arrested over ‘vigilante action’ after 13-year-old girl is sexually assaulted near Rotherham

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Four people have been arrested over apparent ‘vigilante action’ in connection with a serious sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl in a village near Rotherham.

The people, aged between 15 and 35, were part of a group of around 50 people who gathered outside a property in Thurcroft last night.

It was the second night of disturbance after a window was damaged at a house on Thursday evening.

The incidents follow police being called to a report on Monday that a teenager had been sexually assaulted close to Ivanhoe Road in Thurcroft.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation continues.

But on Thursday and Friday night, police have dealt with disturbances and disorder in retaliation to the incident.

On Thursday night, a window at a property was damaged - with police saying officers asked a ‘number of people’ to leave the area following a disturbance around 8.15pm.

On Friday, officers were again called at 8.15pm when around 50 people had gathered at an address - with four people, aged 15, 17, 20 and 35 years-old, arrested for breach of the peace.

The group remain in custody this morning.

Chief Inspector Ian Womersley said: “Police officers will remain in the area to provide reassurance and a visible presence to local residents and to prevent any further crime.

“The man arrested in connection with the sexual assault is not living in the Thurcroft area and South Yorkshire Police will take robust action against anyone participating in vigilante action in relation to this incident, or indeed, any incident.”